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Hymn

THE OLD RUGGED CROSS - #132


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.


Audio Message:

February 17th, 2021: Pastor Ed



SCRIPTURE: NEHEMIAH

SEEING CHRIST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
NEHEMIAH


Fourteen years after Ezra led his company back to Jerusalem, Nehemiah, servant to the king of Persia, heard sad news about the Holy City. He wept, prayed, and fasted, and then was questioned by Artaxerxes the king. Nehemiah asked the ruler to send him to Jerusalem so that he might rebuild the walls. When the king gave his permission, Nehemiah journeyed to Jerusalem. At night, by himself, he surveyed the walls of Jerusalem. He found them broken down and saw that the gates had been destroyed by fire. So he rallied the people and started to rebuild the walls.

The book of Nehemiah covers about 11 years of Israel’s history. Ezra built the temple – which should always come first. Nehemiah built the walls and the city and this should follow. The name Ezra means “help,” or “saving help.” Nehemiah means “comfort.” Jesus Christ came to be the saving help of His people; the Holy Spirit came as the comforter to guide and strengthen His people.

Remember, all Scripture was given by the inspiration of God and “the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy.” Since this is the case, then what message does the Lord Jesus have for us in the book of Nehemiah? Just as Nehemiah was the one who restored the walls of Jerusalem and the morals of his people, so the Lord Jesus Christ will be the one who restores the nation of Israel. This promise of the Lord is sure. Haggai wrote that God said, “And I will shake all nations, and the desires of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Hag. 2:7) Not only were the temple and the walls of Jerusalem restored, but the nation itself will someday experience rebirth under the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The theme of Nehemiah is set forth in Nehemiah 2:20. He wrote, “Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.” We can outline the book thus: Return and Repair – Chapters 1-7. Repentance and Revival – Chapters 8-10. Settlement and Separation – Chapters 11-13. The entire book presents in typology two events of the last days: The restoration of civil government to the Jews and Their national supremacy in the millennial age.

Chapter 3 of Nehemiah contains the record of the rebuilding of the gates and the wall around Jerusalem. How wonderfully these gates portray the work of Christ for and in the believer. Ten gates were restored in all, and we will consider the meaning of each one.

The Sheep Gate, “Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate.” (Neh. 3:1) This was the gate of sacrifice, which is always the starting point in the life of the believer. Paul wrote, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:3) In Revelation 5 we have pictured a very graphic scene in heaven. There, four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fall down before the Lamb. They sing. ‘And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” (Rev. 5:9) God’s great work for time and eternity centers in the sacrifice of His son, the Lamb of God, at Calvary.

The Fish Gate. “But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build.” (Neh. 3:3) Having received salvation through the sacrifice of Christ, we are to become fishers of men. Jesus told His disciples (and us) “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt. 4:19b) The Old Gate. “Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah.” (Neh. 3:6) Every believer is to stay with the old paths, affirming and practicing the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3)

The Valley Gate. “And the valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah.” (Neh. 3:13) Humility is to be a trait of every follower of Christ. Paul wrote, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Phil. 2:5-8)

The Dung Gate. “But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it.” (Neh. 3:14) This was the pace where refuse was cast out of the city. Every Christian needs a “garbage dump.” The Apostle Paul had one. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Phil. 3:8-9) The Fountain Gate. “But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Cohozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah.” (Neh. 3:15) This gate speaks of the overflowing life, the “rivers of living water” made possible by the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)

The Horse Gate. “From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house.” (Neh. 3:28) The horse in Scripture speaks of war. Christians are in a continual warfare. God has provided sufficient equipment - the full armor described in Ephesians 6:10-18. Paul wrote, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be also able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

The East Gate. “After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his house. After he repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate.” (Neh. 3:29) This was the gate through which the Shekinah glory left Israel.” (Ezek 10) When the transcendent glory returns, it will also be from the east according to Ezek. 43:2. The east gate therefore speaks of the return of our Lord to this earth. When He comes again, His feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives. Zechariah wrote, “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” (Zech. 14:4)

The Judgment Gate. “After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith’s son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up to the corner.” (Neh. 3:31) How suggestive this is of the judgments that await this earth and all who live upon it. The nations of the world will be summoned to judgment in the valley of Megiddo.

Such a magnificent work of God as Nehemiah and his co-laborers were engaged in is never finished without interference from the enemy. Three conspirators opposed Nehemiah, and they are representative of the present-day enemies of the gospel. The first was Sanballat. This man’s name means “hate in disguise.” He represents the wisdom of this world and its opposition to Christ and His gospel.

Most organized religion hates Jesus Christ. Paul spoke of it as being a form of deception. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Cor. 11:14-15)

The second is Tobiah. His name means “the servant,” or possibly, “the Lord is good.” He is representative of those who make a formal profession of faith. They have a good name but a bad heart. This man Tobiah was a sort of puppet for his master Sanballat.

The third is Geshem. This man’s name means “a violent shower.” In the case of Nehemiah and his workers, he brought a shower of ridicule and criticism. Geshem was an Arabian, a descendant of Ishmael.

God blessed the labors of Nehemiah and the Israelites for a number of reasons. The people “had a mind to work.” (Neh. 4:6) Nehemiah and his men watched and prayed. “Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night.” (Neh. 4:9) Each man knew his work and stayed with it. How vital for Christians to recognize their gifts and to exercise them. Not only did they work with their hands in rebuilding the wall but they also had on their armor, the weapons of warfare. “They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, each one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.” (Neh. 4:17) This was the exercise of faith, for “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6)

PRAYER


Heavenly Father, we thank You for the example of Nehemiah and the people of Israel as they worked and fought in order to build the wall and provide protection for the people. We thank You for allowing us to see Christ and His work on our behalf in the gates of the city. May we be steadfast in the work of the Lord and realize that as we go forth we will face opposition but we need not worry because the Lord is on our side because we are on His side.
Bless the rest of our prayer meeting, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.



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PRAYERS AND PRAISES

Missionaries in Peru: Barbara and Tim Whatley: Alex and wife Flora, ask for prayer for his sweet mother Margarita. She has been suffering with Covid some days and today she was struggling to breathe, so her daughter Katy took her to the Insurance Hospital.
Alex called to say that they had just been informed that Flora's Uncle Francisco had passed away in the hospital in Cusco. We did not even know he was sick. Flora is crying and we are all trusting God and asking Him to direct our thoughts and decisions as we continue to uphold each other in prayer.

Ray: This is what Karen wrote, I thought it was so nice: Ray is so sweet. He said he really misses Neva. At bedtime he says it's time to go to bed forgetting that she isn't there. He is so grateful to be living where he does. He feels very blessed to have the friends that he has.

Alice: would like prayers for her son. The surgery went OKAY but she is very worried about his leg. The doctors are keeping him longer in the hospital. She would like prayers for her friend Larry to adjust to his new place. We need to continue to pray for her eyes.

Karen: Pray for the people who live where the weather is so cold. Prayers that the utility companies can get the power on and that it stays on. The gas in some places is not being dependable. It's just too cold to not be able to heat or eat hot meals.

James:  So grateful for Tom and Michelle McGuire. Praise God for them.

Anita: Praise: for all the people who, behind the scenes, without much attention, help our church.
Praise: Joe is sleeping better.
Still praying that Pastor may find a suitable car for him and Connie.

Hymn:

HIGHER GROUND #291




I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.